Brussels will present its ideas for a “Covid Pass” tomorrow, which should help to reactivate travel this summer

The European Commission will present its proposal this Wednesday to create a digital certificate that will make it easier for travelers who have been vaccinated against the coronavirus to travel, but also for travelers who have antibodies or who have a negative result in a test before they travel.

The Brussels legislative initiative responds to the demands of countries like Greece and Spain, which have an important tourism sector, and calls for measures to be able to reactivate this sector for the summer, despite the fact that Ursula von der Leyen’s executive insists that it should the case should not be understood as a “passport” but as a document with medical information.

The idea that vaccination against the coronavirus is linked to the right to free movement arouses strong reservations in other countries such as France or Belgium, which have already warned that they do not see with good eyes the link between fundamental rights and vaccination.

Brussels will present its ideas for a “Covid Pass” tomorrow, which should help to reactivate travel this summer
Brussels will present its ideas for a “Covid Pass” tomorrow, which should help to reactivate travel this summer

The debate over the past few months about the need for a travel reactivation certificate has also clashed with reservations from organizations like the World Health Organization (WHO) or the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), which warn of this information The protection offered by the vaccine is lacking.

It also raises legal doubts that a vaccination protocol will discriminate among Europeans when it comes to vaccinating a vaccine that is not mandatory, and that the EU has failed to vaccinate a relevant part of its population in order to be effective Ensure group protection.

It is for this reason that the Community Executive insists that its Green Digital Pass proposal focus on creating a single document that collects useful information about the person’s medical situation so that each Member State can easily adapt their situation Pandemic control can adjust dimensions.

The Commission believes that it is premature to consider whether to open borders or give more flexibility to its holder in the face of measures such as quarantine and so is addressing its proposal to the technical part of the project to ensure that there is one of gives all Member States recognized certificate in its physical and digital format.

For this purpose, the certificate must contain a limited set of important information about the patient in order to know his situation in relation to the pandemic. However, it avoids other data that are classified as sensitive and this would complicate the development of the project due to the strict data exchange and protection regulations in the EU.

This allows the holder to prove on their travels whether they have been vaccinated (and with what brand), whether they have antibodies because they have overcome the disease (and when they were infected), or whether they have recently been diagnosed with a test, which shows that he is not a carrier of the virus.

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